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How do you obtain earth-friendly ID wristbands for kids visiting the Aquarium? You team up with a manufacturer and have them made! Learn how we did it: http://mbayaq.co/1tb7y1k
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Killer sponges! Sounds like creatures from a B-grade horror movie, doesn't it? In fact, they thrive in the lightless depths of the deep sea. Learn more about the latest finds from our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI): http://mbayaq.co/1kuP3kD
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Join us for a lively late-night party at Cooking for Solutions May 17, featuring cocktails from American Harvest Organic Spirit, wines from The Hess Collection, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company beer floats. Meet special guest host Alton Brown, enjoy food from local chefs and great music from Star 101.3 DJ Magic Matt. See you there! http://mbayaq.co/1gWxiF7
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Let the magic begin! Our Tentacles special exhibition is now open. Hope you get a chance to visit! http://mbayaq.co/1mjaZBd (Michael Fiala/Reuters)
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aw its a little cuddle fish!!!
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Help! They appear to be growing. #Tentacles http://mbayaq.co/1mjaZBd
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Very clever!  Gotta' love those tentacles.  ;-)
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Beautiful, mysterious--and little changed in 150 million years. Have you seen them? We have chambered nautilus in our new special exhibition, Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes. Learn more about nautilus: http://mbayaq.co/Qb6X0K
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Poor things never get Christmas presents :-(
[They're always on the "naughty list"!]
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We recently re-united two snowy plover chicks with their father—a first! The tagged chicks were mistakenly picked up by beachgoers who thought they were abandoned, and brought to the Aquarium for care. Learn more: http://mbayaq.co/1ku9nCK
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Change of fortune:  Apparently the dad changed his mind, and is no longer brooding the two young ones. The good news: we have taken them back in for care, as we have done many times before, and the prognosis for successful re-release is excellent!
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What's it take to wrap the Aquarium with giant #Tentacles? Here's all you need to know, in 45 seconds. Learn more about our new exhibit: http://mbayaq.co/1mjaZBd
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I thought they were hard pieces. Much more cool knowing they can wriggle around in the breeze looking like real tentacles!
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Tentacles opens Saturday for the general public (today for members)! Where else could you see amazing species like this rare, deep-sea  flapjack octopus? If it looks familiar, that's because it was the inspiration for the animated character Pearl in Finding Nemo. Ours was collected by our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Learn more: http://mbayaq.co/1iEnYbo
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"Absurd Creature of the Week: Cross-Dressing Cuttlefish Puts on World’s Most Spectacular Light Show." Looks like Wired Magazine is as excited about our #Tentacles exhibit as we are--opens tomorrow (today for members)! http://mbayaq.co/1jygzg3
Cuttlefish are far and away nature’s most adept camouflagers, capable of observing their surroundings and perfectly adjusting not only their color but also their skin texture in just 250 milliseconds. And it’s not just about blending in: They can also launch truly bizarre displays of rippling colors to either intimidate rivals or hypnotize prey. Oh, also. They’re color blind. Yeah … scientists aren’t quite sure how that’s possible quite yet.
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886 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940
886 Cannery RowUSCAMonterey93940
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Aquarium, Gift ShopToday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Well-known aquarium on a rocky coastline with exhibits ranging from otter habitats to touch pools.- Google
People talk about sea otters, jellyfish, kelp forest, sea horses and jelly
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Phyllis Bismanovsky
reviewed 2 months ago
Just spent the day at the most wonderful aquatic museum, the aquarium. The exhibits feel like art, presented so beautifully. Easy to maneuver, easy to find everything. All ages will find the experience rewarding and educational. I signed up to receive the e-newsletter now as I want to know when exhibits change. Well done. World class.
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Rachel Antonio
reviewed a month ago
Monterey Bay Aquarium has so much to offer. If you are every in the Bay Area, make the drive and check it out. The town is relaxing and slow paced. It will be a nice break from the city. Be warned, the crowds come out in droves. Tons of children so have patience if you want to see the fish. If you don't want to pay for parking, park a few blocks away in the residential area.
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Jason Harbison
reviewed 3 months ago
I have heard every aquarium boast that they are the best in the world. This one does not have to. It is set in an old canery factory that boasts great exibits. Jelly fish is currently going on and I throughly enjoyed it. What I thought was the best part of the aquarium is how they incorporate the entire Bay into the experience and encourage you to kayak, dive, or even take a whale watching tour. It is a beautiful place in a beautiful area.
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Sultan Afghani
reviewed 2 weeks ago
the place is nice and clean. and its beautiful. i really enjoyed my visit over there. though i thought the ticket was a little bit expensive and parking wasn't easy
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Grace G
reviewed a month ago
Sardines! Everywhere! The petting zoo was also very memorable and fun for the kids. Be sure to get here early so that you can spend the remainder of the day in the beautiful surrounding area. You can even take lunch or dinner at the nearby pier to round out your visit.
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Victoria G
reviewed 3 months ago
It is a very beautiful aquarium right by the water. You need an hour, max to to see the place. Very neatly organized, clean and the staff is very helpful and friendly. Loved their jelly fishes and fish swimming under the glass in one direction.